by Emma Dibaja
I’m really feeling the hippie look of this Spring/Summer. So knowing myself and my eternal desire to educate myself, I started to read up on the whole hippie culture. Interesting… But what remains evident is that even if today it tends to be much about the fashion, it definitely wasn’t only about that in the past.
For our younger generations who might not be so familiar with the hippie age, the hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that arose in the States during the mid-1960s, swiftly spreading to other countries around the world. And it was this spread that gave prominence and height to the whole hippie mentality and the culture surrounding it. And considering that the Hippie culture remains evident to this day, it’s obvious that it extends to a lot further than just flared jeans.
We may be a long way from the 1960’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t express your inner hippie by your style. The au naturel look of the tree hugging hippie movement of the past might be just be the perfect look for today as well.
It’s hard to pin down what exactly is the “hippie look”, but most people can agree that it is grounded in respect for the natural world and a love of music and people. I wanted to give you a few examples for creating a, let’s say, authentic and credible hippie look.
Wear jeans – Every true hippie has to love wearing jeans. And not your skinny jeans but loose, flared and patched.
Go for natural fabrics – Hippies have always felt a close to the nature and this is very visible in all fashion choices.
Play with accessories – Let accessories such as belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, and jewelry do the talking.
Favor second-hand – In case you have to buy clothes in order to create your hippie look, opt for second-hand and vintage stores for some real finds. Buying your hippie-clothes from a high street store can easily leave you looking like a faux.
And remember to always look as natural as possible. Just like nature intended. That’s key.
Many argue that you can’t really create a “hippie look” and that it’s something so much more than just a fashion trend. It’s a mentality and a way of life. I suppose I would agree with that. And I have to admit that I can spot a “real hippie” from a fashionista who wants to incorporate the hippie look as part her style. But that’s not to say that you shouldn’t go for it. We live in times of freedom of expression, so why not take advantage of that: Look like a 70’s hippie today and an 80’s rocker tomorrow. Why not? 😉